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Our Story


Small town charm &
 No crowded corrals.

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Our Story


Small town charm &
 No crowded corrals.

 

From its humble beginnings, 5 years ago, The annual Pelham Half Marathon and 10K has been the ultimate small-town community-driven race event. As it weaves its way around the bucolic villages of Pelham (there are three!) on a crisp fall morning (the first Saturday after Thanksgiving), you'll enjoy all the sites and sounds of the Pelhams from the Hutchinson River to the Sound Shore, but most importantly you'll see the community come together, volunteering to man water stations, playing live music, and cheering in front of their houses all along the route.

The Pelham Half Marathon and 10K raises money for The Pelham Civic Association, a 150-member volunteer organization dedicated to serving the community needs within Pelham. Every dollar donated to Pelham Civics goes directly towards supporting Pelham seniors, youth, students, disabled, and the needy. Founded in 1939, Civics recently celebrated 75 years of volunteerism and community involvement.

 
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The Start


6 Years in the making...

The Start


6 Years in the making...

 

It all began 6 years ago when the small community of runners in Pelham who belong to a Facebook group called Pelham Track-n-Tri were looking for a late fall Half Marathon. Two members of Pelham Track-n-Tri had only recently taken up running and had just completed the Paine to Paine Half Marathon in neighboring New Rochelle. The Paine to Paine is an all trail Half Marathon, so they were keen to find an actual road Half Marathon and dismayed to learn that there were no scheduled Half Marathons in the area until the following spring. 

So they decided to do something about it. They mapped out a course of 13.1 miles all through the streets of Pelham, set a date and time, and invited everyone in the Facebook group to join for a community "fun run" on the weekend after Thanksgiving. The 9 runners above are the original 9 finishers of Pelham's first unofficial half marathon. 

They had so much fun, that they decided to it again the next year, and year over year it has grown from 9 runners to 200+ runners. In 2015 the race added bibs, chips, and a race clock as well as finisher medals.

In 2016 marking its fifth anniversary, the race awarded prizes for top finishers as well as feature sponsors who enabled us to pay for even better course markings, more pre-race facilities, as well as allow us to throw a post-race party and move the race from the organizer's front lawn to the Gazebo at the center of town (which has the added benefit of also saving his marriage :-)